Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra is an English rock band that released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986. Conceived by multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, ELO started as an avant-garde spinoff of The Move with drummer Bev Bevan. After one album of psychedelic baroque rock, Wood departed for Wizzard, leaving Lynne to head a septet […]

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues were an English rock band active from 1964 to 2018. The original lineup included singer–guitarist Denny Laine and three mainstays: keyboardist Mike Pinder, flutist–harpist Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge. Their second single, “Go Now!” (UK No. 1), made them part of the British Invasion. After the 1965 album The Magnificent Moodies […]

The Move

The Move was an English rock band from Birmingham that achieved UK fame with the 1967–68 pop-psych singles “Night of Fear,” “I Can Hear the Grass Grow,” “Flowers In the Rain,” and “Fire Brigade,” all written by guitarist Roy Wood. After their long-awaited album Move, they charted with the non-album 1968–69 singles “Blackberry Way,” “Wild […]

The Idle Race

The Idle Race was an English pop-psych band from Birmingham, best known for the 1967 single “Imposters of Life’s Magazine” and the 1968/69 albums The Birthday Party and Idle Race. Singer Jeff Lynne joined Roy Wood in The Move, which morphed into the Electric Light Orchestra. Members: Greg Masters (bass, vocals, 1966-72), Roger Spencer (drums, […]

Dexys Midnight Runners

Dexys Midnight Runners were an English new wave band that emerged from the Birmingham R&B–ska scene with the 1980 EMI–Parlophone album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, which spawned the UK No. 1 “Geno.” They embraced Celtic folk-pop on the 1982 Mercury release Too-Rye-Ay and its transatlantic hit “Come On Eileen.” Bandleader Kevin Rowland revised […]

Galliard

Galliard was an English brass-rock band from Birmingham that released the 1969/70 Deram albums Strange Pleasure and New Dawn. Frontman Geoff Brown continued in the mid-’70s jazz-funk combo Muscles. Along with Colosseum, Heaven, Brainchild, the Greatest Show on Earth, and the Keef Hartley Band, Galliard represented a UK wing of the brass-laden jazz-rock-soul sound, reflecting […]

The Spencer Davis Group

The Spencer Davis Group was an English R&B/beat band from Birmingham, fronted by teenage singer–keyboardist Steve Winwood. Signed to Fontana, they released three albums during 1965–66 comprised mostly of blues and soul covers. Though the band was democratic, they made guitarist/singer Spencer Davis their namesake because he was the only member willing to field journalists. […]

Locomotive

Locomotive was an English brass-rock/psych band that was active with multiple lineups between 1966 and 1970. Based in Birmingham, they initially drew from Jamaican ska/bluebeat on three non-album singles. In 1969, they recorded the album We Are Everything You See, released after the departure of keyboardist and bandleader Norman Haines. Bassist Mick Hincks and drummer […]

The Ghost

The Ghost was an English folk-psych band from Birmingham that released the album When You’re Dead – One Second on Gemini in 1970. The prior year, guitarist–singer Paul Eastment recorded one album with psych-rockers Velvett Fogg. Members: Paul Eastment (vocals, guitar), Terry Guy (keyboards, vocals), Charlie Grima (drums), Daniel MacGuire (bass, vocals), Shirley Kent (vocals, […]

The Dog That Bit People

The Dog That Bit People was an English four-piece that released a self-titled album on Parlophone in 1971. The band was formed by bassist Mick Hincks and drummer Bob Lamb after the breakup of their prior outfit Locomotive. Members: John Caswell (guitar, vocals), Mick Hincks (bass, vocals), Keith Millar (guitar, keyboards, Mellotron, vocals), Bob Lamb […]

Velvett Fogg

Velvett Fogg was an English psych-rock band that released a 1969 self-titled album and the Tornadoes cover “Telstar” on Pye Records. Guitarist–singer Paul Eastment recorded a subsequent album with folk-rockers The Ghost. Members: Frank Wilson (vocals, organ), Graham Mullett (drums), Mick Pollard (bass), Ian Leighton (guitar, 1968), Paul Eastment (guitar, vocals, 1968-70) Background Velvett Fogg […]

Hannibal

Hannibal was an English blues-rock band from Birmingham that released a self-titled album on B&C and Philips in 1970. Members: Rolando Alex Boyce [aka Kirk St. James] (lead vocals), Jack Griffiths (bass), Bill Hunt (keyboards), Adrian Ingram (guitar), John Parkes (drums), Cliff Williams (tenor saxophone, clarinet) Background Hannibal formed circa 1969 with two West Midlands […]

Bachdenkel

Bachdenkel was an English post-psych band based in France. In 1970, they recorded Lemmings, which appeared in 1973 on Philips. They resurfaced in 1977 with Stalingrad on the small-press Initial Recording Co. Members: Colin Swinburne (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, electric mandolin, bell tree), Peter Kimberley (vocals, bass, piano, Wurlitzer), Brian Smith (drums, percussion, vibraphone, […]

Tea and Symphony

Tea and Symphony were an English folk-psych band that released the 1969–70 Harvest albums An Asylum for the Musically Insane and Jo Sago. Members: Jeff Daw (vocals, guitar, flute), James Langston (guitar, vocals), Nigel Phillips (keyboards, vocals, percussion), Dave Clempson (guitar, drums, 1969), Gus Dudgeon (drums, 1969) Dave Carrol (guitar, 1970-71), Michael “Mick” Hincks (bass, […]

Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood (born May 12, 1948) is an English vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter from Birmingham who emerged as the voice of the Spencer Davis Group, which he joined in 1963 at age 15. After four years, three proper albums, and assorted singles with the band — including the soul-rock evergreens “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m […]

World of Oz

The World of Oz was an English pop-psych band from Birmingham that released four singles and a self-titled 1969 album on Deram. Members: Christopher Robin [Chris Evans, aka Garbo] (vocals, guitar), Tony Clarkson (bass), David Kubinec (guitar, organ, 1968), David Reay (drums, 1968-?), Geoff Nicholls (organ, 1968-69), Rob Moore (drums), Peter Beckett (guitar, 1969) The […]

Delegation

Delegation were an English soul-funk band from Birmingham that released the album The Promise of Love on State Records in 1977, followed by three further albums on Ariola between 1979 and 1982. Members: Ricky Bailey (vocals), Len Coley (vocals, 1975-79), Roddy Harris (vocals, 1975-80), Bruce Edwin Dunbar (vocals, 1979-84), Aston Ray Patterson (vocals, 1980-?), Kathy […]

Hard Meat

Hard Meat was an English psychedelic hard-rock band from Birmingham that released two albums on Warner Bros. in 1969/70. Members: Michael Dolan (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Steve Dolan (electric bass, string bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Mick Carless (drums, percussion), Pete Westbrook (flute, 1970), Phil Jump (keyboards, 1970) Hard Meat was formed in […]

Musical Youth

Musical Youth were an English pop-reggae band from Birmingham that released the album The Youth of Today on MCA in 1982, followed by Different Style! on the label in 1983. Members: Michael Grant (keyboards, vocals), Kelvin Grant (guitar, vocals), Dennis Seaton (lead vocals, percussion), Patrick Waite (bass, vocals), Freddie “Junior” Waite (drums, vocals) Discography: The […]

Magnum

Magnum was an English hard-rock band from Birmingham that released four studio albums and a live disc on Jet Records between 1978 and 1983, followed by four further albums on Polydor between 1985 and 1990. Members: Bob Catley (vocals), Tony Clarkin (guitar), Dave Morgan (bass, 1972-75), Kex Gorin (drums, 1972-83), Colin “Wally” Lowe (bass, 1975-95), […]

Au Pairs

The Au Pairs were an English art-punk/funk band from Birmingham that released two singles on small-press 021 Records in 1979/80, followed by the 1981/82 albums Playing With a Different Sex on Human Records and Sense and Sensuality on Kamera. Members: Lesley Woods (vocals, guitar), Paul Foad (guitar, vocals), Pete Hammond (drums), Jane Munro (bass, vocals, […]

J.A.L.N. Band

The J.A.L.N. Band were an English soul-funk septet from Birmingham that released three albums on Magnet between 1976 and 1978. The band’s name is an acronym for “just another lonely night.” Members: Roy Gee Hemmings (vocals), Tex Flint (saxophone), Willis Sylvester (saxophone), Steve Sylvester (bass, percussion), Charlie Sylvester (guitar), Sam Fortune (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Ronnie […]

The Lilac Time

The Lilac Time is an English sophisti-pop band, formed in 1986 by singer Stephen Duffy. Their initial run produced three albums on Fontana between 1988 and 1990. Members: Stephen Duffy (vocals, guitar), Nick Duffy (accordion, banjo, strings), Michael Giri (percussion, drums), Bob Lamb (percussion, production), Sagat Guirey (guitar), Frazer Kent (bass), Mickey Harris (bass), Caroline […]

Duran Duran

Duran Duran are an English electro/art-pop band from Birmingham that released three albums on EMI between 1981 and 1983: Duran Duran, Rio, and Seven and the Ragged Tiger. They scored multiple transatlantic hits, including “Planet Earth,” “Girls on Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer,” “Is There Something I Should Know,” “New Moon on […]

The Bureau

The Bureau were an English New Wave/ska band from Birmingham that released a self-titled album on WEA in 1981. Four of the band’s initial seven members were in the original lineup of Dexys Midnight Runners. Members: Archie Brown (vocals), Pete Williams (bass), Rob Jones (guitar, 1980-81), ‘Stoker’ [aka Andy Growcott] (drums), Mick Talbot, Geoff Blythe […]

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath was an English hard-rock/metal band, originally from Birmingham, that released 19 studio albums between 1970 and 2013. , the band released 19 albums over the course of their career. The band’s “classic” lineup — comprised of Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — was active from 1969 to 1978 and […]

UB40

UB40 are an English reggae-pop band from Birmingham that debuted with the LP+EP release Signing Off on local small-press Graduate Records in 1980. After setting up their own DEP International imprint through a distribution deal with Virgin, the band released their second proper full-length, Present Arms, concurrent with a dub-version of the album in 1981. […]

Medicine Head

Medicine Head was an English rock combo led by multi-instrumentalists John Fiddler and Peter Hope Evans. In 1970, they signed to John Peel’s Dandelion Records label for three albums, including their 1972 third release Dark Side of the Moon, produced by Keith Relf (Yardbirds, Renaissance), who briefly joined as bassist. They released six albums total, […]

Swans Way

Swans Way as an English sophisti-pop trio that released the 1982 standalone single “Theme From the Balcony,” followed by the 1984 Phonogram album The Fugitive Kind. Singer–percussionist Maggie De Monde and bassist Rick P. Jones formed the subsequent dance-pop act Scarlet Fantastic. Members: Rick P. Jones (double bass), Robert Shaw (vocals), Maggie De Monde (percussion, […]

Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse are an English roots-reggae band from Birmingham that released three albums on Island Records between 1978 and 1980, followed by three 1982–85 titles on Elektra and four 1988–94 titles on MCA. Members: David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), Ronnie McQueen (bass), Fonso Martin (vocals, percussion), Michael Riley (vocals), Selwyn […]

City Boy

City Boy was an English art-rock sextet from Birmingham that released seven albums on Vertigo between 1976 and 1981. The band was noted for its theatrical stage shows and harmonized, multisectional material. Their first five albums were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who developed his later-famous surround-sound techniques while working with the band. Members: […]

Judas Priest

Judas Priest are an English metal band that has been active since the early 1970s. Following two records on small-press Gull, the band signed with CBS and entered their most successful phase. Headed by the operatic wailing of vocalist Rob Halford, the band steered metal from its slower, blues-based roots to the galloping tightness of […]

Fashion

Fashion was an English new wave trio (later quartet) that released three albums and a clutch of singles between 1979 and 1984. In the three-year gap between their debut album Product Perfect (released under the name Fàshiön Music) and sophomoric effort Fabrique, they switched from a jagged, sui generis sound to a slicker, dancier style. […]

Harvey Andrews

Harvey Andrews is an English singer-songwriter from Birmingham who released the album Places & Faces on Decca in 1970, followed by the 1972/73 albums Writer of Songs and Friends of Mine on Cube Records. In 1976, he returned with Someday on Transatlantic Records. Between 1980 and 1987, he released three albums on self-press Beeswing Records. […]

Roy Wood

Roy Wood is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader from Birmingham who emerged as the musical mastermind of ’60s pop-psych band The Move, which evolved into Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) during the early 1970s. After recording one album with ELO, he left the project to form Wizzard. Starting with the 1973 release Boulders, he […]

Ausgang

Ausgang were an English goth-rock band from Birmingham that released two EPs on Criminal Damage Records circa 1983/84, followed by the album Manipulate on FM Revolver in 1985. Members: Mark “Max” Freeth (vocals), Paul “Cub” Balogh (bass), Matthew Amos (guitar), Ian “Ibo” Oakley (drums), Stuart Smith (bass) Discography: Head On (EP, 1983) The Teachings of […]

Swell Maps

The Swell Maps were an English art-punk band from Solihull that issued a three-song single on self-press Rather in 1978, followed by two albums and four shortplayers on Rough Trade during 1979 and 1980. Members: Nikki Sudden (vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone, percussion, harmonica, handclaps, balloon), Epic Soundtracks (piano, drums, organ, bass, bass synth, […]